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City of Villains is both the first expansion for City of Heroes, and a standalone game. In it, you can play a villain, rob banks and fight heroes, all while advancing your own schemes. You can also form Strike Forces to take out heroic threats, create Villain Groups and make hidden lairs and headquarters.

City of Villains is an MMOG, and requires an Internet connection and a monthly charge.


City of Villains Windows Yes, go into the light.
City of Villains Windows This guy on the left is hairy Barry.
City of Villains Windows Tonight I eat at Kat's
City of Villains Windows Who is stronger, your pistol or my fist...

Alternate Titles

  • "恶棍城市" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Critic Reviews (UK) Nov 08, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2006 8.75 out of 10 88
1UP Nov 04, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85 Apr 03, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
FOK!games Nov 17, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Cheat Code Central Nov 29, 2005 4.2 out of 5 84
PC Action Dec 19, 2005 84 out of 100 84
PC Powerplay Dec, 2005 83 out of 100 83
IGN Nov 18, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Maximum PC Feb 23, 2006 8 out of 10 80


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The game has an Arachnos soldier NPC with the name "Jenkins". He usually keeps getting himself captured and you have to rescue him. As confirmed by the game's developer, this is a nod to the Leeroy Jenkins phenomenon from World of Warcraft. You can find out more about it in the related links of the World of Warcraft game entry.

Universe merge

In July 2008 NCsoft announced the complete merger of its City of Heroes and City of Villains titles into one game universe. Current subscribers who only had one of the titles received access to the features of both games, and new sales grant access to both.


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be34269 (139) added City of Villains (Windows) on Nov 05, 2005